About Carnation Library

Opened: January 31, 2009


  • Design-build construction
  • Front porch area with ample bicycle parking
  • Peter Reiquam sculpture at library entrance
  • Original cedar murals and relief carvings salvaged from the old building
  • Unique collection of handwoven Native American baskets
  • Designed by Miller-Hull Partnership
  • 5,000 square feet


  • 1924: Opening of Carnation's first library, funded by the Tolt Civic Improvement Club's formal silver teas, rummage sales, and magazine subscription sales
  • 1947: Carnation contracts with KCLS for library service
  • 1966: A bond issue, donations, and federal funds provide $88,000 for a new building and collection
  • 1972: Nine of the original 28 members of the Tolt Civic Improvement Club attend the opening celebration of the current Carnation Library
  • 1991: Renovation complete
  • 1992: KCLS annexation
  • 2004: Carnation voters pass the Capital Bond measure at the highest passage rate of all cities served by KCLS
  • 2009: 500 people (about a quarter of the city's population) attend the opening of the new 5,000 square-foot Carnation Library

Discover more Carnation Library history at Historylink.org, opens a new window, or through the Tolt Historical Society, opens a new window.

Friends of the Carnation Library

  • Dues: Membership is free